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Green Roof Designer & Author of EAT UP | The Inside Scoop on Rooftop Agriculture Holds Book Launch & Exhibit at Uncommon Ground

Green roof designer and landscape architect Lauren Mandel digs into the nuts and bolts of rooftop food production in the first full-length book about Rooftop Agriculture.

Chicago, IL. - (July 19, 2013) – Philadelphia-based author and green roof designer Lauren Mandel will hold a Midwest book launch and Roof-to-Table Photography Exhibition on August 20, 2013 at Uncommon Ground (1401 W Devon Ave., Chicago) from 6:00-8:00 pm. The event is open to the public. EAT UP | the inside scoop on rooftop agriculture, the first full-length book about rooftop food production, was released internationally in April by New Society Publishers (a carbon-neutral publishing house).


Author photo by Geoffrey Goldberg Photography


With more than 60 percent of the global population now living in urban areas, innovative forms of food production such as rooftop agriculture are becoming increasingly important in addressing food needs while also appealing to those interested in growing fresh food close to home. EAT UP explains the practices and practicality of rooftop agriculture through case studies, interviews with industry leaders, and useful checklists. The comprehensive guide culminates a three-year research and photography project for Mandel in which she visited rooftop farms such as that above Uncommon Ground.

The upcoming Roof-to-Table Launch Event celebrates literature, art and food by featuring a book signing, 30-piece photography exhibition of images from the book, and rooftop snacks provided by Uncommon Ground. The Photography Exhibition consists of images of rooftop farms and vegetable gardens taken by nine photographers (including Mandel) in nine cities throughout North America. Each photograph is framed with “twice-reclaimed” lumber made from barn siding re-purposed as flooring, re-purposed again as framing stock. The travelling Exhibition will remain on display at Uncommon Ground’s Edgewater location from August 20 – September 15, 2013. The exhibition is available for additional restaurant and gallery spaces after September 23, 2013.

EAT UP is available in print and ebook from New Society Publishers (, Barnes and Noble,, and local book stores.


About Lauren Mandel
Lauren Mandel is a Project Manager and Rooftop Agriculture Specialist at the Philadelphia-based green roof firm Roofmeadow, where she designs vegetated and agricultural roofs and oversees green roof construction throughout the United States. She has visited and photographed rooftop farms and gardens across North America and interviewed prominent rooftop farmers, CEOs, and designers. Mandel is a contributing writer for Urban Farm and Grid magazines, a guest lecturer at universities and conferences, and a blogger at Mandel holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science from Skidmore College. She has previously worked as a landscape designer, US Forest Service wilderness ranger, organic farm intern, and a research intern for American Farmland Trust.

About Roofmeadow
A Philadelphia firm with national projects, Roofmeadow began in 1997 to engineer green roofs and manage their installation and maintenance. Noted projects include Chicago City Hall, PECO Headquarters, Philadelphia, PA, and the Brooklyn Botanical Garden Visitor Center. Roofmeadow today adapts its engineering and landscape architecture expertise to thin landscapes on ground, buildings, and structures. To guarantee successful installations, Roofmeadow certifies the best in both materials and installers. Its Roofmeadow® Stewardship Program assures that Roofmeadow green roofs and its other landscapes thrive and evolve for decades. Please visit for more information.

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